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Hon. Caleb M. Wright, U.S. District Court, District of Delaware
Yale Law School, J.D., 1969
University of North Carolina, B.A., 1966
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Morehead Scholarship
William W. Taylor, III
William W. Taylor, III is a founding partner of Zuckerman Spaeder LLP and one of the country’s foremost litigators. Over the course of his 40-year career, he has litigated numerous high-profile civil and criminal matters, often under intense media scrutiny. Mr. Taylor practices in federal and state courts nationwide and has tried more than 60 cases to judgment. While an experienced trial lawyer, he is also well-known for his creative motions practice and is often successful in obtaining dismissal of charges against his clients before trial. He is equally at home in complex commercial litigations and straightforward credibility contests. Clients retain him not only for his litigation successes but also for his judgment and advice. Named one of Washington, DC’s top 30 “Superstar” attorneys by Washingtonian magazine in 2011, Mr. Taylor’s professional accomplishments have been noted with recognitions in publications such as The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, and Benchmark Litigation.
Mr. Taylor’s clients have included public officials such as former International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former Rep. Tom Feeney, and the late Sen. Alan Cranston; executives such as former New York Stock Exchange Compensation Committee chair Kenneth Langone and former Salt Lake City Olympic Committee chair Thomas Welch; and a wide variety of public and private organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, hedge funds, law firms, and unions, among others. He has conducted internal investigations in addition to representing clients in criminal prosecutions, regulatory enforcement, civil litigation, congressional investigation, and ethics inquiries. A former public defender, Mr. Taylor is also committed to pro bono work and his clients include death row inmates.
Mr. Taylor is a sought-after speaker at American Bar Association (ABA) and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) conferences and he has taught at the University of North Carolina Law School, the George Washington University Law School, and Catholic University Law School. He is the former chair of the ABA’s Criminal Justice Section and has authored numerous publications, including a recent article urging reform of the criminal discovery rules published in The National Law Journal.
- Obtained dismissal of all criminal charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), who was accused of sexual assault in a New York City hotel. He also represented Mr. Strauss-Kahn in a related civil matter.
- Helped obtain full exoneration for the former chief of the Public Integrity Section of the Department of Justice in independent counsel and internal investigations of prosecutorial misconduct related to the prosecution of the late Sen. Ted Stevens.
- Led team of attorneys who obtained dismissal of all claims against Kenneth Langone, former Chair of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Compensation Committee, relating to compensation of NYSE President Richard Grasso. The claims were brought by then New York Attorney General Elliott Spitzer.
- Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, 2006—present
- The Best Lawyers in America, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, White-Collar Criminal Defense, 1983—present
- Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2013—present (Local Litigation Star, 2010—2012)
- International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Business Crime, 2004—present
- Super Lawyers, 2007—present
- AV® Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
- Best Lawyers, Washingtonian, 2011
- Washington, DC Commercial Litigator of the Year, Best Lawyers, 2011
- Top Lawyers, Washingtonian, 2009
- Top Lawyers, Washingtonian, 2007
- Leading Lawyers: Top Criminal Defense Attorneys, Legal Times, 2006
- Top Lawyers, Washingtonian, 2004
- In one of the most intense and highly publicized criminal cases of 2011, the firm represented former IMF president Dominique Strauss-Kahn against criminal assault charges. All criminal charges against Mr. Strauss-Khan were dismissed and we continue to represent him in related civil matters.
- The firm currently represents a BP engineer in connection with the government’s ongoing investigation of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
- Zuckerman Spaeder represented the former chief of the Public Integrity Section of the U.S. Department of Justice in independent counsel and internal investigations of prosecutorial misconduct related to the prosecution of the late Sen. Ted Stevens. Although our client was not a member of the prosecution team, as head of the section his conduct was closely examined. After several years of investigations, our client was cleared of all wrongdoing.
- After FBI agents executed a search warrant at the headquarters of a public company, and grand jury subpoenas were served on the company and a number of its executives, its board of directors convened a special committee. The committee retained Zuckerman Spaeder to conduct an internal investigation into possible criminal antitrust violations. After concluding our investigation, we reported to the committee.
- The firm represented former Rep. Tom Feeney in connection with a grand jury investigation into statements he made to the House Ethics Committee concerning a privately funded 2003 Scotland trip. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that Rep. Feeney’s statements were protected under the Speech or Debate Clause—a significant decision allowing members of Congress to speak freely during ethics probes regarding legislative matters.
- Zuckerman Spaeder represented a former judge who had been arrested on felony drug and firearm charges. After the judge had negotiated a disposition that dropped the firearm charge, our attorneys were retained to represent him at sentencing and we challenged the effort to apply a recidivist felony provision to obtain an enhanced penalty. The court agreed and sentenced the judge as a misdemeanant.
- Zuckerman Spaeder represented Kenneth Langone, co-founder of The Home Depot and former chairman of the Compensation Committee of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), in defense of a lawsuit filed against him by then-New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer. Mr. Spitzer accused Mr. Langone of neglecting his responsibilities to the board in connection with former NYSE chairman Richard Grasso’s compensation. Zuckerman Spaeder briefed and argued countless motions in the trial court and New York Court of Appeals, which ruled in favor of our client.
- The firm represented a former congressman in investigations conducted by the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Department of Justice, and state law enforcement agencies.
- The firm represented whistleblowers in Hurricane Katrina-related litigation in federal courts in Alabama and Mississippi involving a major casualty insurer and a claims adjustment company for whom the whistleblowers worked. The disputes between the whistleblowers and the company ultimately settled.
- Zuckerman Spaeder represented a major national law firm in a federal grand jury investigation and the subsequent indictment. The charges were resolved by a deferred prosecution agreement that allowed the firm to continue in business without substantial harm to its innocent partners and employees.
- Zuckerman Spaeder represented a former public official in Delaware who was indicted for racketeering and multiple counts of mail and wire fraud by political adversaries after she initiated significant reforms. The representation included a trial resulting in a hung jury, two appeals, and a government petition for writ of mandamus and reassignment to a different judge. After we won a motion to preclude much of the prosecution’s case, the government offered a disposition in which our client agreed to plead guilty, with no jail time, to one of the lesser charges in exchange for the dismissal of all other charges.
- Zuckerman Spaeder conducted an internal investigation on behalf of an international pharmaceutical company concerning failure to disclose a preliminary report of a safety study to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before an important advisory committee meeting. After reviewing thousands of documents and conducting dozens of interviews in the United States and Europe, we issued a report concluding that human error, not an intent to conceal, underlay the failure to inform the FDA about the ongoing study and the preliminary report.
- The firm successfully defended Thomas Welch, the former president of the Salt Lake City Olympic Committee against federal fraud and bribery charges arising out of the competition for the 2002 Winter Games. Following a five-week trial, our client was acquitted of federal racketeering and fraud charges.
- The firm successfully defended the late California Sen. Alan Cranston, one of the “Keating Five,” in public hearings before the Senate Ethics Committee arising out of the failure of the Lincoln Savings and Loan Association.
- CEO in DOJ and SEC Investigations of Stock Option Backdating
We represented the former CEO of a technology company who was the focus of a Wall Street Journal article that launched the scandal into backdating of stock options at U.S. companies. After investigations by the DOJ and the SEC, our client was notified by SEC staff that it intended to recommend charges against him. We submitted a Wells notice arguing that our client should face no charges, an argument the SEC accepted, overruling the recommendation of its staff.
- June 9, 2015
- Chambers USA Recognizes 16 Zuckerman Spaeder Attorneys; Firm is Nationally Ranked in Financial Services Category Two Years in a RowJune 9, 2015
- 33 Zuckerman Spaeder LLP Attorneys Recognized in 2015 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America and Two Partners Named “Lawyers of the Year”; Firm Is Top-Listed Nationally for White Collar Criminal DefenseAugust 26, 2014
- June 5, 2014
- 32 Zuckerman Spaeder LLP Attorneys Recognized in 2014 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®; Firm Is Top-Listed Nationally for White Collar Criminal Defense and Two Partners Named “Lawyers of the Year”August 15, 2013
- May 29, 2013
- April 30, 2013
- October 1, 2012
- August 23, 2012
- Chambers USA Ranks Zuckerman Spaeder LLP the Top Washington, DC White Collar Firm for Third Straight YearJune 8, 2012
- Zuckerman Spaeder LLP Named to The National Law Journal’s Midsize Hot List for Third Consecutive YearMay 1, 2012
- April 26, 2012
- Zuckerman Spaeder LLP's Representation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo in Redistricting Dispute Featured in AmLaw DailyApril 5, 2012
- Seven Zuckerman Spaeder LLP Attorneys Recognized for Criminal Defense Work in International Who’s Who of Business LawyersMarch 5, 2012
- Seven Zuckerman Spaeder LLP Partners Recognized Among “Washington's Best Lawyers” by Washingtonian MagazineNovember 29, 2011
- November 16, 2011
- September 8, 2011
- June 13, 2011
- November 3, 2010
- November 3, 2010
- August 1, 2010
- Zuckerman Spaeder LLP Recognized in 2010 Edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for BusinessJune 15, 2010
- December 1, 2009
- October 8, 2009
- August 30, 2009
- William W. Taylor III and Aitan D. Goelman Speak at ABA National Institute on Internal Corporate Investigations and In-House CounselMay 6 - 8, 2009
- July 30, 2008
- November 26, 2007
- Zuckerman Spaeder LLP's Washington and Baltimore Offices Recognized in 2008 Benchmark: Litigation GuideSeptember 1, 2007
- January 10, 2007
- December 1, 2006
- Elizabeth and William Taylor, Brother and Sister, Named the "Go To" Team if You Are a Lawyer in Trouble by Washingtonian MagazineJuly 2006
- February 20, 2006
- November 1, 2005
- June 10, 2005
- January 5, 2005
- November 2004
- October 5, 2004
- September 10, 2004
- January 20, 2004
- December 5, 2003
- May 12, 2000
Mentioned & Quoted
- January 1, 2014Washingtonianhttp://www.washingtonian.com/articles/people/2013-2014-top-lawyers-criminal-defense-white-collar/
- February 28, 2013CNNhttp://www.cnn.com/2013/02/28/justice/west-virginia-mine-plea/
- February 7, 2013The Washington Posthttp://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/dc-ethics-board-finds-that-council-member-jim-graham-violated-code-of-conduct/2013/02/07/c9a92e8c-7172-11e2-8b8d-e0b59a1b8e2a_story.html
- December 10, 2012Thomson Reuters News & Insighthttp://newsandinsight.thomsonreuters.com/New_York/News/2012/12_-_December/Strauss-Kahn,_hotel_maid_settle_civil_lawsuit_over_alleged_attack/
- December 10, 2012CNNhttp://edition.cnn.com/2012/12/10/us/dsk-lawsuit/index.html
- December 10, 2012Associated Presshttp://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/strauss-kahn-nyc-hotel-maid-settle-lawsuit-17927294?page=2
- November 30, 2012Bloomberghttp://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-30/strauss-kahn-lawyers-deny-reports-he-settled-suit-with-maid.html
- September 19, 2012Corporate Counselhttp://www.corpcounsel.com/id=1202571834441
- September 7, 2012Missoulianhttp://missoulian.com/news/local/medical-marijuana-activist-daubert-gets-probation-in-federal-drug-case/article_e279b332-f850-11e1-abe0-0019bb2963f4.html
- July 20, 2012New York Law Journalhttp://www.ctlawtribune.com/PubArticleCT.jsp?id=1202563694674&DSK_Lawyers_Refute_Maids_GenderMotivated_Violence_Civil_Claim&slreturn=20120629160339
- July 19, 2012Thomson Reuters News & Insighthttp://newsandinsight.thomsonreuters.com/Legal/News/2012/07_-_July/Strauss-Kahn_lawyers_seek_to_dismiss_latest_claim_from_maid/
- March 15, 2012The BLT: The Blog of the Legal Timeshttp://legaltimes.typepad.com/blt/2012/03/ted-stevens-report-details-botched-prosecution-systematic-concealment-of-evidence.html
- September 29, 2011Thomson Reuters News & Insighthttp://newsandinsight.thomsonreuters.com/Legal/News/2011/09_-_September/Paul_Shechtman_joins_Zuckerman_Spaeder_in_New_York/
- Current Trends in Political Corruption Cases and How to Manage the Heightened Scrutiny of Defending Public OfficialsACI's Advanced Summit on White Collar LitigationJanuary 22, 2013
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- Former Visiting Professor, University of North Carolina Law School
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